ABB pioneered the world’s first electrically powered industrial robot and the world’s first industrial paint robot 40 years ago. Today, there are more than 160,000 ABB robots in operation – perhaps the largest installed base in the world.
ABB pioneered the world’s first electrically powered industrial robot and the world’s first industrial paint robot almost 40 years ago.
To this day, ABB remains a market and technology leader in robotics with more than 160,000 robots currently in operation all over the world – the largest installed base of any robotics manufacturer.
The impact of these robots on manufacturing processes and industrial productivity has been nothing short of revolutionary. Their ability to perform the same sequence of tasks at a speed and precision that human beings cannot match has brought enormous benefits to manufacturers and radically improved working conditions for their employees.
ABB has literally thousands of customer installations where robotics solutions have achieved huge increases in output and product quality and similarly huge reductions in downtime, operating costs and manpower.
Monotonous or dangerous tasks like lifting and carrying heavy objects have been eliminated and high rates of labor turnover reduced. The benefits are as widespread as they are significant.
Hardly a moment goes by without our using a product that was manufactured or handled by an ABB robot.
ABB robots play a significant albeit invisible role in daily life. From the moment we wake until the moment we go to bed, hardly a moment goes by without our using a product, appliance or piece of equipment that was manufactured by an ABB robot. For instance:
ABB robots pick, package and palletize the food and snacks we eat and the beverages we drink for companies like Nestlé, Unilever and Cadbury.
They carve, sand, finish, paint, package and palletize the furniture and flooring in our homes for two of the biggest names in the business – IKEA and Tarkett.
They weld, grind, polish and paint our PCs, laptops, iPODs, mobile phones, cameras and game consoles for the world’s leading brands and manufacturers – Apple, Dell, Foxconn, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Nokia and many more.
They make the solar panels on our roofs, the glassware on our tables, the building materials that made our homes, the ceramics in our bathrooms, and the cookers, dishwashers, plastic containers, wood cupboards and metal sinks in our kitchens.
And when we are ill, the tablets and other medications we take are picked, packaged and palletized by ABB robots on behalf of companies like AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and Schering-Plough.
Above all, the cars, buses and trucks we drive are manufactured – either entirely or in part – by ABB robots. Most automotive manufacturers and their tier-1 suppliers use ABB robotics solutions for some or all of their manufacturing processes – in powertrain assembly, press automation, body-in-white and painting the final product.
Complete robotics solutions
ABB offers a complete capability in robotics solutions - including robots and controllers, application equipment and software, standardized manufacturing cells, and global service and support - and supports its customers with manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe and North America, and dedicated sales and service operations in more than 45 countries.